Before entomologist Tracy Leskey and I spoke, I wondered, "What do you learn about when you research bugs?" I found out that work is about solving problems to keep healthy crops growing.
Tracy works for the the US Department of Agriculture as a researcher. She uses her expertise to understand invasive species and reduce their populations. Her goal: find creative, sustainable, and ecologically sound strategies to prevent destruction of crops so farmers can successfully grow crops like apples, corn, soybeans, and more. Tracy tells us about what inspired her growing up, and how solving real-life problems keeps her excited about entomology.